Karate is form of Japanese martial arts that primarily focuses on striking techniques such as punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques like knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes.
Originally initiated in Ryukyu kingdom (now Okinawa), Japan, Karate developed and structured under the influence of Chinese martial arts, particularly Fujian White Crane. It was brought and spread to mainland Japan mainly as a result of the cultural exchanges between Japanese and Chinese in the early 20th century.
It was in 1922, when Gichin Funakoshi, founder and father of Shotokan Karate was invited by the Japanese Ministry of Education for delivering a live Karate demonstration; the art form began to be taught systematically in all major Japanese universities through special karate clubs. The first karate club in mainland Japan was established by Keio University in 1924.
Subsequently, Karate was also adopted by the military men stationed at Okinawa state post World War II. However, the credit for the widespread popularity of Karate as a fighting art in the whole word can be attributed only to the martial art movies of the 1960s and 1970s.
Jigoro Kano, founder of Judo, introduced the concept of white uniform comprising of ‘Kimono’ and the ‘dogi’, better known as ‘karetegi’ along with colored belt ranks as means of further formalizing the martial art form.
In 1957, Masutasu Oyama founded a new form of Karate, ‘Kyokushin’ by synthesizing the two previously existing popular karate forms, Shotokan and Goju-ryu. Kyokushin popularly known as “full contact karate” or “knock-down karate” stresses on the qualities of aliveness, physical toughness, and full contact sparring.
Hence, Karate today is multi-cultural development that is practoced as a fighting art, self defense or as a combat sport. Karate literally means “empty hand” However, in Karate-Do Kyohan, Funakoshi interpreted the meaning of Karate-do as “purging oneself of selfish and evil thoughts”. No wonder, one can only be open to Karate’s many lessons by behaving humbly.
Karate training is commonly divided into kihon (basics or fundamentals), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring). While, traditional Karate training places importance on self-development, modern day karate learning emphasizes on the psychological values of perseverance, fearlessness, virtue, and leadership skills. However, Sport karate places emphasis on exercise and competition.
At Martial Arts World, we train students on all popular karate styles such as Shotokan, Goju-Ryu, Shito Ryu, Kyokushin etc. We have Karate classes for complete beginners as well as experienced students. Our qualified instructors not only train students on all aspects of Karate but also make learning fun and easy with their special skills.
The progress of each student is crucial to us and we take it as our prime responsibility to help each individual realize his/her goals. Karate training at Martial Art World is spread out over a carefully planned course with progressive ranks and testing. Students can earn belts up to black by successfully passing each progressive test.
Karate training is highly recommended to all those with a love for martial arts, passion for sports, and desire for physical fitness and moral strength.